Inspired by: Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee has put us in a royal mood! While there were more hats than crowns at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, there is still something about the British monarchy in general that makes us think of regal wedding jewelry – in this case, bridal tiaras!

For the bride who not only wants to feel like a princess, but also look like one, the Alexandra is an excellent choice. Gold plated, with large and small sparkling rhinestones and an elegant ornamental scroll design that coordinates with almost any style of wedding gown – though we like to imagine it paired with a traditional ball gown style with the kind of train that wouldn’t look out of place at Westminster Abbey!

Are you including a crown as part of your wedding jewelry ensemble?

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What Kind of Brides Wear Bridal Tiaras?

We’ve had so many of our bridal clients come to us cautiously looking for the perfect bridal tiara that we eventually had to ask ourselves why there were so many tentative shoppers out there. When we dug a little, it turned out that a lot of brides-to-be were worried about looking overdone or over-the-top and feared that the drama of a, say, Swarovski crystal bridal tiara would make them look stuck up rather than elegant. The good news is that nothing could be further from the truth! Today’s bridal tiaras are every bit as sophisticated as bridal hair brooches and pins – and not, we’d like to point out, trying to be the crown jewels.

In fact, a bridal tiara can be a perfect accompaniment to a bride’s overall wedding day look, harmonizing fabulously with her bridal jewelry, gown, and shoes. Can a tiara stand out and play a starring role in wedding day attire? Absolutely, if that’s what the bride wants. Most brides who choose tiaras, however, aren’t looking for something queenly so much as something that will show off their beautiful hairstyles and in many cases, a simple veil. And tiaras are a great way to do just that while also being easier for many brides to wear than clips or hair pins.

If you’re a bride-to-be and you’re not wholly sold on bridal tiaras just yet, keep these 5 tiara buying tips in mind:

1. Buying a bridal tiara may be more complicated than finding something you like and clicking ‘purchase’. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time for exchanges, just in case.

2. Consider your hair length, your anticipated wedding day hairstyle, and how difficult a given tiara will be to secure in place through your ceremony and reception.

3. Your face shape matters, so look for guides that will help you choose a bridal tiara that looks beautiful on you.

4. Tiaras come in different heights, so consider how much height you want to add to your wedding day look when choosing a tiara.

5. Don’t forget your dress! Tiaras come in so many styles, colors, and metals, so be sure that the tiara you choose complements your wedding gown instead of competing with it.

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Brides: Wear What YOU Love, Not What Someone Else Likes Best

As a bride, everywhere you look, someone is telling you what to do. And it’s not just the magazines and wedding planning websites, either. In addition to the pressure to be trendy or to DIY your wedding to the nines, we’re guessing you have well-intentioned friends and relatives who are offering up unsolicited advice left and right. The big ones? Are usually that brides have to wear white… that bridesmaids have to match… that you have to serve cake… have a wedding DJ… wear high heels and a bridal jewelry set… toss the bouquet… There are plenty more. We could probably spend the next hour listing off the “musts” that poor brides-to-be have thrust upon them as soon as they start wedding planning. It can get irritating – or disheartening, depending on whether you were excited to buck the trends or you simply were trying to cut down on costs.

Here’s the thing, though. There are only a few real “musts” in the wedding planning world. You must speak your vows in whatever way is required in your state. You must feed and entertain your wedding guests – if, that is, you’re having guests at your wedding. And that’s about it. Wedding favors? Not necessary. Cake? It’s up to you. An iPod can stand in for your DJ if you really want it to. There’s no rule saying you have to have a sit down meal at your reception.

Brides, as it turns out, actually have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to what they “must” do, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. For every bride who wants to wear Swarovski crystal bridal jewelry there’s a bride who wants to wear a simple veil and no other accessories. Most brides still choose white, but we’ve been to many weddings where the bride walked down the aisle in red, purple, green, or even black – and saved a bundle of money as a consequence. Matching bridesmaids? Only necessary if you like that look! Some brides choose a color and let their bridesmaids choose the dress. Others choose a pattern (see above) and go from there.

The point is that there is more than one way to have a wedding, regardless of what the magazines and wedding planning websites would have you believe. As a bride, you should wear what you love, not what someone else likes best or what some expert tells you is proper. Do we offer recommendations? Of course, and we do it weekly! But we’d much rather know that you’re standing at the altar feeling comfortable and beautiful than be the ones to pick your colors, your bridesmaids’ dresses, and your jewelry.

Because, bride-to-be, that’s your job! If anyone tries to tell you any different, feel free to thank them for their input and then disregard that input entirely.

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Have You Heard About Keshi Pearls?

Pearls have long been a favorite of brides. It’s a fantastic fit, if you think about it. White wedding gowns… that bridal glow… brides and pearls have a lot in common! We love pearls on everything from wedding dresses to bridal earrings to pearl wedding headbands and even in bouquets. We’ve seen beautiful wedding cakes with edible pearl embellishments and vintage style wedding invitations decorated with pearl brooches. Pearls on bridal shoes? You better believe it! Pearls are everywhere!

But did you know there are different kinds of pearls? We’re all familiar with the perfectly round cultured pearls and the oval, slightly textured freshwater pearls, but there are other forms of pearl. In particular, Keshi pearls – a unique and lustrous pearl that forms accidentally as a byproduct of the pearl culturing process. These pearls are formed when the oyster spits out the ‘seed’ of a pearl or is otherwise damaged and a pearl is formed in the resulting pearl sac.

What makes Keshi pearls particularly exceptional is that unlike most pearls, which have an inner nucleus made of something like sanded mussel shells, Keshi pearls are solid nacre. That makes them quite brilliant, which more than makes up for their irregular shapes and sizes. These variations actually make them wonderful for use in Keshi pearl jewelry, since there are so many ways you can use a flattened oval where a sphere wouldn’t quite work.

Interestingly, where Keshi pearls used to be very common and thus less expensive, new pearl culturing techniques have made them more much rare and so prices have gone up. Not everywhere, though! The Keshi pearl jewelry we carry for brides is still priced right – so if these sound like the pearls for you, enjoy!

Shown: Our Keshi pearl headband; rum pink bridal headband; and Florencia pearl wedding headband

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Wedding Jewelry and More: A Champagne and Black Inspiration Board for Angie

Did you know that we’re here to answer your wedding planning questions or questions about choosing wedding jewelry? Just join us over at our Facebook page and post your question on our wall. Your bridal conundrum could just become a part of our blog!

Recently, Angie wrote to us with this question:

My wedding colors are champagne and black. We’re planning a really upscale affair and I want my bridesmaids (wearing black) to look the part. But I don’t want them to look too formal or fussy. My hope is that my wedding will be fun, too. Can you give me some style suggestions?

Absolutely, Angie! You probably already know that champagne and black weddings are on the hotlist for wedding color combos in 2012 and 2013. That may not be why you chose your wedding colors, of course, but girl, you are definitely one stylish bride! Champagne and black go together beautifully and make for a sophisticated wedding palette that’s particularly suited to evening weddings and candlelight.

Here are some of our picks in a champagne and black wedding inspiration board:

Damsel from Steve Madden; a crystal bouquet from Etsy seller Noaki; invitations from Momental Designs; our Floral Melody champagne wedding jewelry set; cake by Colorado Rose Cake Company; and a black bridesmaids dress by Dessy

What do you think of the elegant champagne and black wedding color scheme?

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Wedding Jewelry Inspiration from the First Lady

You can find wedding jewelry inspiration in so many places – including the White House. I mean, did you see First Lady Michelle Obama’s choice of necklace at the State Dinner honoring British Prime Minister, David Cameron and his wife Samantha? Tres chic!

Mrs. Obama chose a Tom Binns statement necklace made of teal, blue, silver, and white pearls layered over a huge rhinestone piece that was absolutely striking without being overwhelming. Which naturally started us thinking about layering necklaces!

Layering bridal necklaces smartly takes the right bride and the right wedding dress. In other words, it isn’t for everyone. But just in case it’s for you, we put together an inspiration board with some of our favorite pieces that we think would look amazing layered. Michelle Obama choose blue, but we thought a subtle purple look with plenty of white would look amazing on a bride who wants a little bit of color, but not too much. Enjoy!

How do you layer bridal necklaces and come out looking as brilliant as the First Lady? Step one is to choose your starting pieces – as many or as few as you like, but we suggest going bold! Step two is to practice, practice, practice. Layering isn’t easy, and the order you don your necklaces will have a lot to do with the final outcome of your efforts. It may take a few tries, but you’ll find a great combo in no time!

Shown: Our triple strand pearl and rhinestone bridal necklace; Bella amethyst pearl bridal jewelry set; Isadora Swarovski Elements bridal necklace; Lustrous pearl bridal jewelry set; elegant purple bridal jewelry set; and a triple strand of pearls.

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Wedding Color Combinations: Soft Grey and Pink

We have it on good authority that one of the hottest wedding color combinations for the 2012 and 2013 wedding seasons will be grey and pink. Not the hot pink and deep grey of year’s past, but a pretty and feminine grey and pink combo that is all things beautiful but not bright. And that’s okay. We were getting a little tired of wedding color trends that bordered on neon… weren’t you? To celebrate this new softer wedding color scheme, we’ve put together two pink and grey inspiration boards. Maybe you’ll love one or the other, but we bet bold brides will choose both and mix it up right in their own bridal party. Double the fun!

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Yes, We Have Beach Wedding Dresses!

write considering it’s now March. It would seem that December was just biding its time until February was over. In other words, we’re in the thick of an unexpected cold snap. And when things get cold, our thoughts tend to turn to all things warm. Like beach weddings. Putting flowers in our hair. And the kind of crystal bridal accessories that pick up just enough of the sunlight to outsparkle the ocean.

But what we want to talk about today is the dresses. Beach wedding dresses are some of our favorites because they’re pretty, unfussy, and easy to wear. There’s no reason to sacrifice sophistication because you’re getting married in the sand. Beach wedding dresses can take you from seaside vows to beachside reception without missing a beat. Of course, we only stock the ones we think make brides look amazing on the beach and off, and so we thought it would be fun to share some of our very favorites.

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For Bridal Jewelry, Think Tiny!

Who says your bridal jewelry has to shout? Some of this year’s wedding gowns are loud enough without adding too much noise to the mix. For Friday, we’ve chosen four delicate bridal accessories that are feminine, subtle, elegant, and sophisticated. When you look this lovely, you don’t have to shout it to the world because the world will notice you without your having to say anything at all. If you’re a bride who is worried about her wedding accessories overshadowing your gown – or playing a sad second fiddle – follow our suggestions for a balanced wedding day look that will have all of your guests singing your praises for months to come.

Our Swarovski crystal bridal bracelet and jewelry set just goes to show you that beautiful doesn’t always mean big. Our genuine Swarovski crystals are large… for Swarovski crystals, and they offer exceptional shine and movement. They’re as delicate as they are brilliant.

Pink rhinestone drop earrings are perfect for the bride who wants delicate colored bridal jewelry for her big day. They add just the right pop of pink to any bridal ensemble so you have a splash of color that doesn’t overshadow your look.

Our Charlotte jewelry set is a chic as it is subtle. Simple Austrian crystal marquis rhinestones have botanical beauty in a bridal necklace and jewelry set that is reminiscent of flowers.

The genuine Austrian crystal rhinestone necklace and earrings in this crystal bridal jewelry set are simply stunning. And we mean simple in the nicest possible way. Linked crystals move with you, making your every twist and turn brilliant. And, lest we forget, they look radiant in photographs! (As do all of the above suggestions, hint hint!)

Are you considering going small when it comes to your bridal accessories? If so, we’d love to hear why!

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For Brave Brides, Colored Bridal Jewelry

Remember our top bridal accessories trends for 2012 and 2013 weddings? Number one was color. Whether brides choose a little or a lot, we’re seeing plenty of bright, bold, and brilliant color in the weddings we’ve attended in these past two months. And we don’t see color’s momentum slowing down any time soon. Bold is the word of the year when it comes to color, and that means colored bridal jewelry! Yes, we’re talking about everything from Kelly green to tangerine and beyond.

For some, it’s a scary thought. It’s just so easy to pair a white wedding gown with crystal bridal jewelry or pearl bridal jewelry. And the color, that’s for the bouquet, right? We say, why limit yourself! Your gown will look all the whiter when you’re showing the world your true colors in colored bridal jewelry. As for how to wear it, might we suggest color matching with your shoes? Bridal shoes have long been a way to spice up a bride’s look – you can take that one step further!

Here are a few beautiful examples of color matching that involve beautiful colored bridal jewelry and bridal shoes:

Here, we’ve paired our Radiant yellow chandelier earrings with strappy sandals in brilliant yellow featuring a sweet rosette detail near the peep toe!

How about eye-catching turquoise peep toe pumps with amazing Claudette turquoise chandelier earrings? This would be an amazing combination for a bride who loves turquoise and lime!

Finally, we paired classy black bow pumps with striking black pearl bridal jewelry – a traditional, but surprising combination that will have your guests saying WOW. Are you going to wear colored bridal jewelry on your big day?

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